The Essential Guide to English Studies

by Peter Childs

The Essential Guide to English Studies Synopsis

'English' can seem like a vague subject - this guide gives potential and 1st year students a practical guide to what it involves, how to develop skills and crucially, for today's generation of goal-oriented students, succeeding in assessment.Focusing on what it means to study English in higher education, this book guides students through key aspects of English Studies including major topics and approaches, subject-specific study skills and assessment, including seminar presentations, assignments, and exams. Peter Childs offers down-to-earth practical guidance on developing the skills needed to succeed and includes coverage of literature, language and creative writing. This is an essential introduction to English Studies for students beginning their studies at university or college and anyone considering taking a degree in English.

The Essential Guide to English Studies Press Reviews

[a] well-thought out idea, identifying a need for a kind of book which does not currently exist, one which concentrates on introducing the practices of degree-level English. I thought the proposal showed a very good, down-to-earth sense of what a student might need to know. It would provide valuable support for English students... first year HE students would certainly find it useful, Chris Hopkins, Sheffield Hallam (author of u/g textbook - Thinking about Texts) should offer students a clear and orderly account of what skills will be required when undertaking a degree in English, and introduce some key concepts and tools which will be helpful for study. The author has the teaching experience and publishing record to speak authoritatively on these matters. Professor Robert White, University of Western Australia The Essential Guide to English Studies has an ambitious and challenging target - to introduce concisely what it is really like to study contemporary University English. I think it hits that target in ways which will be really helpful for any student thinking about doing an English degree. If you want to get a good grasp of the practical, material and intellectual conditions of reading degree-level English, I recommend reading it before going to University and then returning to it while there. - Chris Hopkins, Professor of English Studies, Sheffield Hallam University, UK [a] well-thought out idea, identifying a need for a kind of book which does not currently exist, one which concentrates on introducing the practices of degree-level English. I thought the proposal showed a very good, down-to-earth sense of what a student might need to know. It would provide valuable support for English students... first year HE students would certainly find it useful, Chris Hopkins, Sheffield Hallam (author of u/g textbook - Thinking about Texts) Blurb from reviewer The Essential Guide to English Studies has an ambitious and challenging target - to introduce concisely what it is really like to study contemporary University English. I think it hits that target in ways which will be really helpful for any student thinking about doing an English degree. If you want to get a good grasp of the practical, material and intellectual conditions of reading degree-level English, I recommend reading it before going to University and then returning to it while there. - Chris Hopkins, Professor of English Studies, Sheffield Hallam University, UKA Blurb from reviewer

Book Information

ISBN: 9780826488190
Publication date: 25th September 2008
Author: Peter Childs
Publisher: Continuum International Publishing Group Ltd. an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 160 pages
Categories: Literary studies: general,

About Peter Childs

Peter Childs is Professor of Modern English Literature at the University of Gloucestershire. He was awarded a National Teaching Fellowship by Higher Education Academy in 2004.

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